As expected, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) unveiled details of its Comes With Music unlimited music download service today. Our UK editor Robert Andrews was live in London this morning to cover the event. There’s a ton of details at mocoNews here, but here’s some of the basics:
The first market and phone: The U.K. will be the first market to offer Comes With Music with sales planned to start on Oct. 16. The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Comes With Music edition is expected to cost 129.95 pounds, and people can pre-register their orders at Carphone Warehouse. The service will launch in the U.S. next year, Reuters reports. Release.
The first touchscreen phone: Nokia also announced today the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, which will be the handset maker’s first mass-market touchscreen phone and first attempt at developing a competitior to Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) iPhone. The phone will be available worldwide beginning in the fourth quarter for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR before taxes and subsidies. However, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, featuring Comes With Music, will not be available until early next year at an undetermined price (most likely more expensive). Release.
EMI On Board: Nokia announced today that they have officially signed up EMI, so that they now have all four major record labels on board for the service, counting Universal Music Group, Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). There’s also many independent music deals, including: The Orchard (NSDQ: ORCD), Beggars Group, IODA, the Ministry of Sound, PIAS and Pinnacle.